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					                                        FORESTRY
                               What can I do with this degree?
                   AREAS                      EMPLOYERS                                              STRATEGIES
FIELDWORK
Inventory                      State and federal government agencies:                Maintain knowledge of current environmental issues
Harvest Planning                    USDA Forest Service                                 including policy, conservation, and industry trends.
Reforestation                       Local, state, and national parks                 Be prepared to work with minimal supervision,
Firefighting                        Reserves                                            outdoors, in all types of weather conditions.
Forest Health                                                                        Develop physical stamina, be able to tolerate
                                    State extension services
Wildlife Management                                                                     extensive walking, and be willing to relocate to find
                                    State divisions of forestry
Recreational Design/Planning                                                            employment.
                                    Peace Corps                                      Maintain up-to-date computer skills including desktop
                               Universities                                             publishing and specialized tools used in fieldwork.
                               Private tree care/landscaping companies               Develop strong communication and interpersonal
                               Utility companies                                        skills.
                               Consulting firms                                      Learn a foreign language to increase marketability for
                               Pulp and paper manufacturers                             international employment.
                               Timber companies                                      Participate in related clubs and organizations like The
                               International:                                           Society of American Foresters or The National
                                    World Bank                                          Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council to
                                    United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization      build contacts and cultivate academic related
                               Non-governmental organizations, e.g. The Nature          interests.
                                    Conservancy                                      Gain knowledge of the social and cultural factors that
                                                                                        affect forest management in areas of interest.
                                                                                     Take courses in communications, horticulture, land-
                                                                                        scape architecture, entomology, pathology, urban
                                                                                        affairs and planning to increase marketability in
                                                                                        urban forestry.
                                                                                     Seek volunteer or paid experiences in forestry or
                                                                                        conservation.
                                                                                     Obtain Certified Forester credential through the
                                                                                        Society of American Foresters.
                                                                                     Seek forester certification/registration at the state
                                                                                        level if applicable.
                                                                                     Become familiar with the federal job application
                                                                                        process for government employment.
                                                                                     Seek management experience to advance e.g. junior
                                                                                        forester to forest manager.
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                     AREAS                      EMPLOYERS                                      STRATEGIES

FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
Forest Engineering            State and federal government agencies:           Maintain knowledge of current environmental issues
Production                        Corps of Engineers                              including policy, conservation, and industry trends.
Wood Science/Utilization          Bureau of Outdoor Recreation                 Participate in related clubs and organizations to build
Research                          National and state parks                        contacts and cultivate academic related interests.
Sales                             State extension services                     Develop strong communication and interpersonal
Marketing                         Resource agencies                               skills.
Management                    Universities                                     Acquire strong background in physical sciences such
Public Relations              Pulp and paper manufacturers                        as physics or chemistry and wood science.
                              Timber companies                                 Obtain dual degrees in civil engineering and forestry to
                              Research groups                                     enter as a forest engineer.
                              Consulting firms                                 Seek experience in sales, marketing, management,
                                                                                  or administration to increase marketability in
                                                                                  operations.
                                                                               Earn a graduate degree for advanced opportunities in
                                                                                  research or management.
                                                                               Plan to earn Ph.D. for employment as a professor.
                                                                               Obtain paid or volunteer experiences in the wood
                                                                                  products industry.
                                                                               Become familiar with the federal job application
                                                                                  process for government employment.



EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION
Teaching                      Local, state, and federal government agencies:   Maintain knowledge of current environmental issues
Research                         City, state, and national parks                  including policy and conservation.
Public Relations                 State extension services                      Develop strong communication skills, particularly
Environmental Policy/Law         Public schools                                   public speaking and group presentation skills.
                              Nature centers                                   Join relevant campus organizations and seek
                              Wildlife refuges                                    leadership positions.
                              Youth camps                                      Understand the resources and populace of an area of
                              Environmental education centers                     interest.
                              Universities                                     Earn a minor in journalism, broadcasting, media
                              Vocational schools                                  relations, and/or education to increase
                              Private schools                                     marketability.
                              Timber companies                                 Seek paid or volunteer experiences in a local park,
                              Pulp and paper manufacturers                        nature camp, or educational center.
                                                                               Obtain teacher certification to secure positions in
                                                                                  public education.
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                     AREAS                          EMPLOYERS                               STRATEGIES

EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION CONT.
                                                                             Obtain advanced degree to teach at the
                                                                                post-secondary level.
                                                                             Become familiar with the federal job application
                                                                                process for government employment.
                                                                             Plan to earn law degree to advance in policy or
                                                                                environmental law.



MANAGEMENT
Resource Recreation                 State and federal government agencies:   Maintain knowledge of current environmental issues
Range/Wildland Management              National and state parks                 including policy, conservation, and industry
Forest Management                      USDA Forest Service                      trends.
                                       Corps of Engineers                    Develop strong communication skills including public
                                       Bureau of Outdoor Recreation             speaking, group presentation, and mediation.
                                       Bureau of Land Management             Maintain up-to-date computer skills including desktop
                                       Bureau of Indian Affairs                 publishing and specialized tools used in fieldwork.
                                       Soil Conservation Service             Take courses in outdoor recreation, park
                                       Department of Defense                    administration, or outdoor interpretation.
                                       State extension services              Gain knowledge of the sports/leisure, logging/mining
                                       Fish and Wildlife Service                activities and wildlife of regions of interest.
                                    Botanical/zoological gardens             Acquire strong knowledge of ecology, fiscal
                                    Historical sites                            procedures, program design, government and
                                    Land management companies                   social trends.
                                    Land appraisers                          Join student organizations such as Society of
                                    Livestock ranches                           American Foresters and Wildlife and Fisheries
                                    Private consulting services                 Student Chapter to network and cultivate
                                    Conservation agencies                       academic interests.
                                    Universities                             Be prepared to work with minimal supervision,
                                                                                outdoors, in all types of weather conditions.
                                                                             Develop physical stamina and be able to tolerate
                                                                                extensive walking, and be willing to relocate to
                                                                                find employment.
                                                                             Obtain professional certification from The Society for
                                                                                Range Management.
                                                                             Obtain paid or volunteer experiences in a recreational
                                                                                setting such as a national park or forest.
                                                                             Earn PhD. to obtain employment as a professor.
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GENERAL INFORMATION

• For entry-level positions, a bachelor’s degree is sufficient. Some federal and private agency work, consulting positions, and especially research positions require a
    graduate degree.
•   Obtain volunteer, part-time, summer, internship, or co-op experiences in field of interest.
•   Develop strong communication and interpersonal skills.
•   Maintain up-to-date computer skills and knowledge of specialized tools used in fieldwork.
•   Join a student club, a student professional association, or a local/state/national forestry association to network and cultivate related academic interests.
•   Plan informational interviews or job shadowing opportunities to make contacts in government and industry and to learn more about specific fields.
•   Stay current on news in forestry including policy issues, industry trends, and the job market by reading periodicals such as the Journal of Forestry or Forestry
    Industries.
•   Plan to relocate to national parks, forests, and cities with demand for foresters.
•   Be prepared to work under minimal supervision. Many foresters advance from fieldwork to administrative positions.
•   Teacher certification is required for public education and varies by state.
•   Contact the Society of American Foresters for updates to the national Certified Forester credential and other similar certifications.
•   Additional forester certification can be obtained at the state level and varies by state.




                                       Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2006)
                                                          UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA Employer

				
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